Afghanistan: Rocket Attack Near Afghan Presidential Palace During Eid Prayers

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

20th Jul, 2021. 02:18 pm
Afghanistan: Rocket Attack Near Afghan Presidential Palace During Eid Prayers

Three rockets landed near the Afghan presidential palace while Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other leaders were offering Eid prayers.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is the first attack on Kabul since the Taliban’s escalation with the withdrawal of foreign troops, according to the reports.

People were shocked by the loud sound of rockets fired in the green zone of Kabul, where the presidential palace, several embassies and the US embassy are also present.

A video posted on the presidential palace’s official Facebook page showed dozens of people calmly praying despite the sound of a nearby rocket.

The Afghan president was wearing a traditional Afghan dress and turban that did not turn back at the sound of a rocket, and all the worshipers were seen bowing and prostrating.

Speaking after the prayers, the Afghan president said: “The Taliban have proved that they have no desire or intention for peace.

The Interior Ministry spokesman said it appeared the three rockets were fired from a pickup truck, one of which did not explode.

He also said that according to preliminary information, no casualties were reported from the rocket.

Earlier last year, a rocket was fired at the presidential palace when hundreds of people, including Ashraf Ghani, were present at an inauguration ceremony, while some fled after the attack.

There were no casualties in that attack, but ISIS claimed responsibility.

Today’s attack comes at a time when the withdrawal of foreign troops is due to be completed on August 31 and Taliban attacks have increased across Afghanistan.

Unlike in the past few years, the Taliban have not declared a ceasefire this Eid.

Earlier in the day, NATO representatives and 15 diplomatic missions in Kabul called for an end to attacks on the Taliban after a ceasefire was not agreed upon between the Afghan government and militants in Doha.

“The Taliban’s attacks contradict its claim to support a negotiated settlement,” the statement said.

The statement added that these attacks and ongoing targeted killings resulted in the loss of innocent Afghan lives and the displacement of population, looting and burning of buildings while destroying infrastructure and damaging communication networks.

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